Bettie Bernice Zimmerman was born in Mobridge, SD on November 5, 1934. She attended and graduated from school in Mobridge SD in 1952 where she was involved in Glee Club and the yearbook staff. Bettie enjoyed sewing her entire life and this love developed during her school years. In 1954, Bettie married her hometown sweetheart, Leo Reis and began their life together. Bettie enjoyed the early years in Mobridge, maintaining the family home and raising their 3 children. In 1967, Bettie and the family moved to Enderlin, ND.
In 1978, Bettie began working as a cook at the Enderlin Senior Center. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the elderly and continued working there for 28 years. Sometime in the mid-1980s, Leo enlisted and volunteered Bettie to manage and cook at the Enderlin hometown café. Her knowledge, skill, and love of cooking showed through as the residents of Enderlin filled the café daily.
Upon Leo’s retirement in 2006, Bettie and Leo moved to Alexandria, MN in order to be closer to family. Bettie was extremely active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed volunteering for blood drives through the American Red Cross organization in Alexandria and coffee dates with her wonderful friends.
Bettie Reis was called home to her eternal rest on June 17, 2019, after a brief illness. Bettie is survived by two daughters; Paula Bergstrand (Paul) of Alexandria, MN; Kari Janz (Steve) of Barnum, MN; and one son, Chuck (Bonnie Beaton) of Meridian, Idaho. Nine Grandchildren; Haley Kalina (Patrick), Mark Bergstrand (Maria), Ann Johnson (Robert), Ellie Bergstrand, Brittani Janz (Nick Rosenberg), Natalie Beckstrand (Jon), Zachary Janz (Sam LaFontaine), Taylor and Jordan Reis. Nine Great-grandchildren; Emma Janz, Carlos, Julian, Daymain and Nicolas Beckstrand, Sam, Millie, and Charlotte Kalina, and George Johnson; two brothers, Jerry Zimmerman of Rapid City, SD; and Dennis Zimmerman (Carol) of Belle Fourche, SD; and one sister, Pam Zimmerman of Fargo, ND. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; parents, Samuel and Sophie Zimmerman, and brothers Lyle and Harold Zimmerman.
The joys of Bettie’s life were her family and in particular her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bettie approached everything she did with a tenacious spirit; which was evident in quilting, canning, gardening, sewing, and volunteering. She will be dearly missed for her dry wit, strength of will, loving heart, and her willingness to care for others.
A visitation will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with a 4 PM Prayer Service followed by a Daughters of Isabella Rosary at the Anderson Funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:30 AM with a visitation for one-hour prior at the church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net